Many of us needed time to get away from this religion. I took the course of fading and it's worked pretty well for me. After I saw sooooo many silly rules being enforced, I needed to get out!
I began hating being an elder. I felt bad for many who were basically good people being put down by the system as a Witness. But eventually, I decided I NEEDED to get out. I just couldn't keep the charade going.
What was it that made you feel that you HAD to get out?